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National Association of the Remodeling Industry

ADD MUSCLE to your New Year’s resolution: Convert a room for home fitness

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New Year’s resolution to work out and get in shape is only as strong as its practice. To keep a resolution packing a punch, a workout routine is key. A home fitness room offers a major advantage—convenience—in maintaining a New Year’s fitness resolution. You could take a practical approach to adding fitness space by making a multi-purpose room. For example, you could use a portion of a basement for fitness equipment.

Working out a design Converting interior space into an exercise room is relatively easy because little, if any, plumbing or extra electrical work is required. Placement should take into account access to a nearby bathroom, space to move without disturbing other rooms and ventilation for fresh air. The room’s style should match your style, whether it’s quiet and meditative or energizing with music, video or group activities. You are more likely to be motivated to use a home fitness room outfitted

with quality exercise equipment, and the room’s overall budget will need to include equipment costs. Trying using a budget plan with equipment phased in throughout the year. Electronic equipment can include a TV fixed on a swiveling, ceilingmounted bracket, set into a niche in the wall, or mounted on an arm that extends in front of a treadmill during a workout and then tucks away against a wall when not in use. You can add a DVD player or VCR. If you record your favorite TV shows, you can use your workout time to view those and “catch up.” Flooring should be durable; tiles made of vinyl, rubber or cork are appropriate. If you’re selecting carpet, consider a tightly woven style that cushions without cramping a routine. A floor-to-ceiling mirror will create the illusion of a larger space and reflect posture while exercising. If you need extra lighting, recessed can lights may be installed at an exercise station.

Free brochure on selecting professionals If you are looking for a contractor to remodel your home, ask friends and colleagues for names of contractors they’ve worked with and trust. You can find North Carolina professionals and download a free brochure on selecting a professional at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Web site, www.nari.org. To find out if there have been complaints about the contractor or the company, check with your local or regional Better Business Bureau.

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Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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